Paul Simon: Words and Music Starts National Tour
Having just finished its tour at Cleveland's amazing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul Simon: Words and Music is hitting the road and it's first stop is in Baltimore.
On October 11, two days before Paul Simon's 74th birthday, the Paul Simon: Words and
Music exhibition will open at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) in Baltimore.
Baltimore is the first stop on a national tour for the exhibit, which opened last
year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Explore the Words and Music of Paul Simon
Paul Simon: Words and Music features autobiographical films, videos of select
performances and more than 80 artifacts chronicling the life, career and creative
inspiration of the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of 12
Grammy Awards. Simon provided original narration for the exhibition as well as
costumes, film clips, letters and memorabilia from his half a century-long career,
- Simon's first guitar, a 1956 Stadium purchased by his dad, and Simon's
1967 Guild F-30-NT-Spec, used to write and record most of Simon & Garfunkel's music
- Simon's 1957 letter to "Artie," aka Art Garfunkel, in summer camp
- Clips from Simon in the chicken suit on Saturday Night Live
- A congratulatory note from the Smothers Brothers
- Three Grammy awards
- A 3D model ("maquette") of the stage set for a 1928 Paris show
Beyond Paul Simon: Stories of Great (Jewish) Singer/Songwriters
In addition, the exhibit will explore the stories of great Jewish singer/songwriters, from Simon and Bob Dylan to Theodore
Bikel and Debbie Friedman.
Through programs and events, the exhibit at Jewish Museum of Maryland will look at the
intersection of folk, folk-rock and the Jewish experience, including political
activism in the 1960s, the meeting of African-American and Jewish musical
traditions, the incorporation of folk melodies into synagogue music and the Jewish
entrepreneurs who shaped the folk and folk-rock record labels and the Greenwich
Village folk scene.
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